Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting Set for November 29
November 18, 2016
Public Invited to Nov. 29 Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, Fairfax County will present existing transportation conditions and land use plans as the county works to bring bus rapid transit to the Richmond Highway corridor, along with more sidewalks, trails and bike lanes. The community meeting is also a chance for residents to provide input on the proposed land use alternative for the corridor as part of the overall project called Embark Richmond Highway.
The meeting and open house will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria.
At the event, the public will:
- Hear a presentation about the transportation analysis background, existing transportation conditions and transportation funding; and the draft land use alternative for the corridor.
- Talk with county staff individually about the project.
- Provide input on the draft land use alternative.
Embark Richmond Highway will bring a bus rapid transit system that will travel primarily in dedicated lanes along this road from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Fort Belvoir. The project also includes a future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley, and expanded andconnected system ofroadways, walkways,trails and bicyclefacilities that workseamlessly with transit.
The project is being undertaken to support the county’s long term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving pedestrian and bicycle systems, and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract residents and businesses, creating more jobs and increasing tax revenue. Embark Richmond Highway also supports the county’s Strategic Economic Success Plan, as well as efforts to revitalize the corridor.
Embark Richmond Highway resulted from a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study on the transportation needs for the Richmond Highway corridor. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the study’s recommendations in May 2015, moving the project forward for planning, design and construction, with implementation anticipated to occur after 2020. Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning. Contingent upon adopted Comprehensive Plan recommendations and funding, the effort will include design and construction activities that will result in a bus rapid transit (BRT) system operating primarily on dedicated lanes along Richmond Highway initially from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Fort Belvoir. The Comprehensive Plan will also address the future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley.
The county is updating its land use plan to support the population and job growth associated with the planned transit system along the Richmond Highway corridor. The focus will be primarily on planning for walkable, urban-style mixed use development in the vicinity of the future transit stations, with the goal of creating vibrant, active communities where people can live, work, shop and play—all with easy access to transit.
Transportation and Childcare Assistance Available
- Public transportation to the event location is available through Fairfax Connector Routes 152 and 161.
- Transportation assistance to Whitman Middle School is also offered, per request, from Sacramento Neighborhood Center, South County Government Center and Hybla Valley Elementary School.
- On-site childcare is also available, per request, for children over the age of 3.
Requests for transportation and childcare assistance are accepted through Tuesday, November 22, 2016, by calling 703-704-6336, TTY 711, or by email at Muhammad.Jahangir@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Stay Informed and Engaged
For more information on the project:
- Visit Embark Richmond Highway web page
- Follow us on Facebook at /fairfaxlanduse and on Twitter with hashtag #EmbarkRH
- Call or email Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at (703) 324-1380, TTY 711, or DPZfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fairfax County Transportation Media Contact
Anna K. Nissinen, Head of Communications
Direct: 703-877-5606, TTY 711